From sports medicine to novel treatments for Metabolic Syndrome and all its co-morbid facets, the use of peptides in medicine is growing. Positive outcomes for many health conditions, from sleep problems, sexual dysfunction to weight issues and improved performance, are being seen in patients seeking healing and rejuvenation. Peptides can help the body recover from injury or illness faster, lose weight more efficiently, decrease inflammation and pain and improve results in the gym.
Currently, there are more than 60 US FDA approved peptide medications on the market. Increased interest by pharmaceutical R&D, has led to approximately 140 peptide therapeutics being evaluated in clinical trials in the US and 500-600 in pre-clinical trials. In some cases, the peptides were developed by pharmaceutical companies but have had the patent expire or dropped from development.
A peptide is a small chain of 2 or more amino acids. Usually, a peptide is an amino acid structure with less than 50 amino acids and a protein has more than 50, but this is not a hard and fast rule. Peptides are used in your body as chemical messengers to send signals, communicate and turn on/off biological processes. When we talk about peptide therapy we are referring to using peptides that are either the same or very similar to our body’s own natural occurring peptides to achieve a result or improve body function.
***THE SOURCE OF THE PEPTIDE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR***
Unfortunately, the FDA has taken strong action to change and enforce a law that restricts what compounding pharmacies can produce. This has eliminated most peptides availability for at least the foreseeable future. The decision is being appealed byt is unlikely to be successful as the FDA is the prosecutor, judge and jury in these matters.
The few peptides that will reliably be available include:
Thymosin Alpha 1 – This peptide is an important stimulator of the immune system. As you age your thymus (a major gland in your immune system) shrinks and loses function. TA1 can help restore the immune function, particularly cell-mediated immune function (augmenting T-cell production) and immune regulation.
Thymosin Beta-4 – is another peptide released from the thymus gland. TB4 assists in the development of B cell and anti-body production. TB4 also has a role in tissue repair providing protection, regeneration and remodeling for damaged tissues. It minimizes scar tissue formation, stimulates hair follicles to promote hair growth.
PT-141 (Bremlanotide) – works to increase arousal and sexual response in both men (ED and impotence) and women (sexual arousal disorder). PT141 doesn’t act on the vascular system (like most ED meds) but rather stimulates the part of your brain associated with sexual arousal. So the effect feels very natural but intensely heightened.
GHK-Cu – topical cream
GHK/Argerilline/Leuphasyl – provides a “botox-like” effect, minimizes appearance of wrinkles
GHK-Cu/Zn-thymulin – increases blood flow to the hair follicle and blocks effects of DHT. Zn-thymulin stimulates hair growth by increasing the anagen phase (active growth phase) of hair follicles
PTD-DBM – targets factors known to be upregulated in balding individuals. It’s typically used as part of larger hair growth protocols in conjunction with other peptides such as GHK-Cu, Zn-Thymulin, and Thymosin Beta with tremendous results.